They’ve only gone and done it — Qantas have announced that they’ll be running non-stop flights from Perth to London from March 2018.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has hailed the 17-hour-long trip as “game-changing”, and he’s not wrong.
The 14,489km journey will be the first ever commercial flight connecting Australia directly to Europe.
The route will be flown by Qantas’ new Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, which have been designed to offer improved comfort on long haul flights.
“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop,” Joyce said.
“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.
“It’s great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London. It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it’s great news for the nation, because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trade partners and sources of visitors.”
The flights will operate through Qantas’ domestic terminals in Perth, which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s other international services from Perth (to Singapore and Auckland) will also move to the domestic terminal, helping to simplify the journey.
“We’ll be looking at the timing of our domestic flights through Perth to offer the best connections we can to our international flights, particularly given they will all be under the one roof.”
Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018.